10 most-improved LAUSD high schools in math test score gains
Data obtained by LA School Report show how each LA Unified high school’s scores on the state standardized tests improved or declined over the past two years. The district overall showed a 3 percentage point increase in math scores and a 6 percentage point increase in English language arts test scores. The improvements came along with increases...
By Sarah Favot | October 13, 2016
New website seeks to spur conversation about LA schools
A new website has launched that encourages thoughtful discussion about issues involving LA schools and school board elections. The new site, www.voteLAUSD.com, is run by Loren Bendele, a technology entrepreneur who co-founded coupon website www.savings.com. Bendele, a father of two, said he first thought of the idea about eight years ago when he became interested...
By Sarah Favot | September 26, 2016
Heat causes rescheduling of outdoor activities across LA Unified
It’s just too hot out there. All LAUSD school teams planning outdoor sports competitions today have had to cancel or reschedule due to the heat. LA Unified sent out a memo yesterday, canceling activities held outside before 6 p.m. Almost immediately, a flyer was posted on the basketball courts at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center,...
By Mike Szymanski | September 11, 2015
LA Unified Getting $113 Million for Common Core Transition*
The state announced today that Los Angeles Unified will receive about $113 million over the next two months to implement the new Common Core academic standards. The money represents $107 million for regular public schools and about $6 million for district charter schools. In addition, independently run charters within LAUSD will receive more than $23...
By Vanessa Romo | September 3, 2013
Aquino Sees Deeper Thinking but Falling Scores with Common Core
Five years ago, as Jaime Aquino was leaving his post as chief academic officer of Denver public schools, a reporter asked him his thoughts on how to improve public education. His response: national standards, coupled with national assessments. But Aquino told the reporter, “I will never see this in my lifetime.’” Fast forward to 2013....
By Brenda Iasevoli | August 14, 2013
Mike Antonucci: Follow the Money
You’ve probably never heard of Mike Antonucci, but you might be glad — or angry — that there’s someone like him around. Described by Education Week as “the nation’s leading observer — and critic — of the two national teachers’ unions and their affiliates,” Antonucci writes an insider blog called Education Intelligence Agency that tracks teachers union revenues, membership, campaign spending,...
By Alexander Russo | October 16, 2012